John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.
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BISMARCK — North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer will hold a rally at a Bismarck hotel Friday, Feb. 16, all but confirming the third-term Republican congressman will launch a bid to challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Cramer didn't return messages Thursday, but the National Republican Congressional Committee said he will run for the U.S. Senate.
BISMARCK—Members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission said Wednesday, Feb. 14, Gov. Doug Burgum's decision to attend this month's Super Bowl as a guest of Xcel Energy won't affect how they regulate utilities.
BISMARCK—A North Dakota Republican dropped his short-lived bid for U.S. Senate Tuesday, Feb. 13, in anticipation of Rep. Kevin Cramer joining the race, although the third-term congressman was mum about his intentions. Cramer said a month ago he would seek re-election to the U.S. House instead of pursuing a challenge against Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, the only Democrat elected to statewide office in North Dakota. But he said Friday he was "mildly reconsidering" his decision.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Legislature said this week an attorney general's opinion doesn't negate vetoes issued by Gov. Doug Burgum, as two branches of state government continue to trade legal arguments before the state Supreme Court. The Legislature's brief, filed Monday, Feb. 12, again asks justices to determine whether several vetoes the governor issued last year are void. It also asks the court to find that Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem "lacks standing" to join Burgum in a cross-petition that challenges parts of two bills the Legislature passed.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp enjoyed a major fundraising advantage over Republican challenger Tom Campbell heading into 2018, newly released federal campaign finance records show. Heitkamp raised more than $1.3 million in the last three months of 2017 and had more than $4.4 million in cash on hand, according to Federal Election Commission records accessed Tuesday, Feb. 13. She has raised more than $7.7 million this election cycle.
BISMARCK — Three months after being found guilty of trying to solicit a prostitute, North Dakota Republican Paul Schaffner launched a bid for the U.S. Senate Monday, Feb. 12, even as the state party's chairman described him as an unserious candidate. The 47-year-old Minot man said libertarian leanings help inform his message of self-reliance. He signaled support for President Donald Trump, who easily won the Republican-dominated state in 2016.
BISMARCK—U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer said Friday, Feb. 9, he is "mildly reconsidering" his decision not to challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. The North Dakota Republican said he has received encouragement from people he declined to name. But he said "not a lot has changed" and he's focused on the House race. "I want to be respectful of people who are asking me to reconsider," Cramer said outside of a North Dakota GOP event in Bismarck.
BISMARCK — Two Republican candidates have filed paperwork in recent days to challenge U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer. DuWayne Hendrickson of Minot filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday, Feb. 6. Cramer easily defeated him for the Republican endorsement at the 2016 state convention.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum reimbursed Xcel Energy $37,000 for Super Bowl tickets in an effort to "eliminate even the perception of any conflict," he said Wednesday, Feb. 7. The announcement came after news that Burgum would attend Sunday's game in Minneapolis with his wife, Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, as a guest of Xcel Energy but wouldn't pay for tickets.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota state legislator was injured in a Grand Forks County crash Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 6, but a Republican Party leader said he is "OK." State Rep. Andrew Maragos, R-Minot, was driving a Buick sedan east on U.S. Highway 2 when Travis Holt, a 33-year-old Grand Forks man, crossed in front of him to enter a driveway. Maragos struck the right side of Holt's Ford SUV and both vehicles went into the south ditch 2½ miles northeast of Larimore, N.D.